Cassandra Waldon

Director, Communications Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Cassandra Waldon is Director of Communications at the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In this role, she leads a team of expert staff in media relations, video production, writing, publishing, web and other digital media, graphic design, visual identity, photography, brand management, internal communication and events management, and shapes IFAD’s internal and external communications at headquarters and across the globe, including in its 40 country offices.

Prior to joining IFAD in 2008, she worked for 12 years in the Office of Communications in the New York headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). During this time, she served in a range of increasingly responsible positions, from NGO Liaison Officer, and Communications Advisor for Africa, covering corporate communications activities in UNDP’s 45 offices in sub-Saharan Africa, to Chief of External Communications, where she led global media operations and reputation management efforts and guided the work of the network of communications officers in more than 100 UNDP offices around the world.

Waldon began her career in development working for civil society organisations in Africa, including as Country Director for the US-based NGO Africare in the Central African Republic. She has also worked as a journalist, including as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun papers in the US state of Maryland.

She holds a BA in Journalism from Clark Atlanta University in the US state of Georgia and an MA in International Economics and Social Change and Development from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies.